Mitt and the Chickenhawk Problem?

Posted in Election 2008,Media Bias by Ryan on the August 21st, 2007

I read an article that touches on this weird question I have only heard asked of Mitt Romney.  Did his sons serve in the military?

Mitt Romney has five strapping sons, and not one of them has ever served in the military.

No.  What is the assumption here?  At least one of them should have served?  Apparently none of them serving bothers some people, particularly Froma Harrop. So…if at least one had served then we’re talking about 20%.  Are we seriously expecting 20% of males to serve in the military, or just 1 per family which greatly increases the percentage nationwide.  And then what? That somehow qualifies their fathers to form foreign policy in wartime as it relates to the United States?  Can you imagine, out of my graduating senior class of high school, out of 200-250 males, 40-50 of them eventually serving in the military?

The article then goes on to paint a picture of wealth and ease that these sons enjoy, as if they alone ride stationary bicycles for exercise, participate in bike rides in Iowa, boat in New Hampshire and play volleyball with their family.  All the while unaccustomed to the hardship of war in Iraq.  The vast majority of people are non-military families.  Is this fact hard to swallow along with the pleasures of civilian life?

Throughout the campaign, Romney has showcased his athletic boys, ages 26 to 37, as all that is good about America and himself. It apparently never occurred to him that anyone in the audience would place his five princes in the same thought as Sadr City.

It didn’t occur to Froma Harrop that America is not a militarized nation with mandatory service.  Indeed we laud those that serve, but what are the rest of us to do?  Bemoan our not serving the military and delegitimize our family’s ability to analyze world affairs?

It simply strikes me as a poor jab at Romney that simply isn’t reasonable. Perhaps we should make some sort of law requiring those that vote to have a familial military connection…perhaps that would make those like Froma Harrop think twice.

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  1. doug said, on August 21st, 2007 at 5:54 am

    It is one of the peculiar side effects of the Iraq conflict: it has militarized the pacifists. Odd.

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